Andy Leather


King's College London
King's College London is one of the world's top 25 universities. It conducts world-changing research in a variety of areas including: cancer, stroke, Alzheimer's, conflict resolution and the environment. It also educates nearly 20,000 students, inspiring them to become the next generation of leaders, both in the UK and overseas. Only one third of the College's income comes from the Government - charitable donations are vital to its work. King's College London has charitable status under the Charities Act 1993.

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In 1997, as a newly appointed consultant surgeon, I began to travel to Ethiopia to train health officers to undertake surgical procedures. In 2000, I started to develop a health partnership with a maternity hospital in post-conflict Somaliland. This has grown to a programme of work with a number of Somaliland partners.

Our health partnerships now support the development of healthcare systems in several low-and-middle-income countries. This work is done by a volunteer workforce, assisting with the training and education of health professionals, service delivery, policy and research for individuals and institutions.

Our work is hosted by King’s College London, but it relies heavily on volunteer input and charitable funding. I’m running the London marathon to support our work, please help by giving a donation. Below is some more information on what we do.


Sierra Leone: We established a programme in 2011. At that time, Sierra Leone had only two skilled healthworkers per 10,000 population, ranking fourth from bottom among 49 priority low-and-middle-income countries.  During the 2014 Ebola outbreak, King’s volunteers helped manage over 1,100 suspected, and over 650 confirmed cases of Ebola. Our partnered isolation units, dealt with over 2,500 suspected cases; which represented 14% of all Ebola cases in Sierra Leone. Our team has now grown to 30 people in-country and continues to help with recovery of the country’s healthcare system. Our work and approach in Sierra Leone is highlighted in the following video clip:

Somaliland, is in the Horn of Africa, has some of the world’s worst health indicators, with a health system beset by problems, and fewer than 200 doctors, many of whom have limited training, serving a population of 3.5 million. Despite this, optimism surrounds Somaliland, King’s has been working there for 15 years.  When volunteers first visited in 2000, there were no medical schools, no regulatory body, only one nurse training course and few hospitals. Since then, King’s 240 expert volunteers have donated 21,000 hours, undertaken over 70 trips and supported the over 800 online teaching sessions.  Our successes include:

  • Examining every doctor and BSc nurse that has graduated since the 1988-91 war.
  • Introducing mental health into the undergraduate medical curriculum in 2008 and delivering psychiatric training to every doctor that has graduated since. 
  • Becoming the first organisation to deliver an on-going programme of real-time, interactive online learning in a fragile state, through the MedicineAfrica platform.

Our work and approach in Somaliland is highlighted in the following video clip:

Any funds raised in this appeal will be used across all of our health partnerships.

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27.04.16 Well done Andy. A great achievement supporting great partnerships!

26.04.16 Congratulations Andy! So impressed and for a great cause.

26.04.16 well done Andy

25.04.16 Hope you made it


24.04.16 Congratulations!

24.04.16 Well done Andy - a physical sacrifice for a very noble cause!

24.04.16 Huge congratulations Andy - we were with you in spirit.



24.04.16 Great cause. Enjoy your race. Lots of love.

24.04.16 Hope you win!


24.04.16 Good luck Andy!

24.04.16 May your feet be blister-free. What a fantastic cause. Xx

24.04.16 Go for it Dad!

23.04.16 Good running and all the best with the fund raising! Hope it stays dry.

23.04.16 Wishing you a blister-free run from Pauline at EDCTP.

22.04.16 Thank you for all you are doing.

22.04.16 I guess this represents a global challenge! All the best for the event.

22.04.16 Go for it Andy! I know you can do it in under 4h30m! =)

20.04.16 Good luck

19.04.16 Good luck Andy, what costume will you be wearing so I can look out for you? Happy to contribute to such a worthy cause.

17.04.16 Good luck for the marathon! Just finish - nothing else is expected! My love as always, Mum


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